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    Posted: Jan. 28 2006,7:06 pm QUOTE

Let me see if I understand these concepts correctly...

A "Travel Bug" is a specially-marked trinket, marked with a particular destination that it is intended to be shuttled towards by cachers who find it.  Right?

And a "Geocoin" is a specially-marked trinket meant to be individually identifiable, so that instead of saying "I got a penny from the cache" you can say "I got GeoCoin#5551212 from the cache".  (Plus, you can then see where the "bug" or "coin" has gone kind of like "wheresgeorge.com" does, or "bookscrossing", for that matter).

Or, in short, a "travel bug" is a cache item that you want to track where it is, whereas a "geocoin" is a cache item that you want to track who has it.

That's it, right?  Why do these concepts seem to have gotten proprietized?  As far as I can tell, in both cases the purpose is just to have some kind of ID so that the specially-marked trinket can be tracked, right?  Just how much does it cost to stick an automatically-generated sequential number into a database?...

(I've got some thoughts here, but want to see if I really understand what I'm talking about here before I go on...)


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    Posted: Jan. 28 2006,9:17 pm QUOTE

Nothing has been made propriatary.

A travel bug moves from cache to cache and it's travels are tracked and logged.  You can call it a Travel Bug, a Traveler, A Hitchhiker, Cache Hopper it doesn't matter because the concept is the same.

A Geocoin, CacheCoin, TerraCoin, NaviCoin can have a bit more variation . Those that are trackable can work like a travel bug.  Or they can be collected and never tracked.  Just like if you had a thing for a travel bug dog tag you could collect those as well.

Some coins are not trackable and so to track them you would have to drill a hole in it and attach a travel bug dog tag. Some cachers have signature items, and a coin is often used as a signature item.  In that regard I think a coin is in it's best light.  Even if it's not a signature coin they make great first time finder prizes and they are treasured and collectable.


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    Posted: Feb. 03 2006,12:28 pm QUOTE

Well, by "proprietized" I was referring to the fact that when "travel bugs" and "geocoins" come up, the assumption is always that you "buy" them from somewhere, pre-made.

The assumption makes some sense, since after all somebody's got to track the serial number or whatever online...much like the caches themselves do (except for the 'non-tracked' coins that you mention - does that make those no more than a "signed" trinket, otherwise no different than any other cache-trading item?).

An admittedly-not-in-depth Google search turned up several "geocoin" sites that sell them, but nothing about "free" geocoin use, which is the direction I was thinking along.

All a site REALLY needs to provide geocoin/navicoin/whatever tracking is a way to provide a unique ID, which would then be engraved/affixed/etched/tattoed/RFID-embedded/whatever onto/into the physical "trinket", right?  Essentially, exactly what Navicache already does with caches themselves.  The only difference that is immediately obvious in my mind is just that you'd need provision for showing the "coin's" location as EITHER a location or "in possession of [so-and-so]".

Just wondering if anyone's looked at setting up such a site.

(And, back to the subject of definitions:  if you consider only "tracked" items, is a "geocoin" then just the same as a "travel bug" other than not having a specific destination?)


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    Posted: Feb. 03 2006,4:32 pm QUOTE

Quote (epicanis @ Feb. 03 2006,2:28 pm)
An admittedly-not-in-depth Google search turned up several "geocoin" sites that sell them, but nothing about "free" geocoin use, which is the direction I was thinking along.

All a site REALLY needs to provide geocoin/navicoin/whatever tracking is a way to provide a unique ID, which would then be engraved/affixed/etched/tattoed/RFID-embedded/whatever onto/into the physical "trinket", right?  Essentially, exactly what Navicache already does with caches themselves.  The only difference that is immediately obvious in my mind is just that you'd need provision for showing the "coin's" location as EITHER a location or "in possession of [so-and-so]".

Just wondering if anyone's looked at setting up such a site.



Yes, we have.

Our intent (once the feature is available) is to offer the ability to track a 'HitchHiker' just as you have mentioned here. You will be assigned a unique number (no current plans of charging for that number) which could then be attached to what ever item you wish to track from cache to cache. This could be a geocoin, or any other object to which you could engrave or affix your assigned number.

So while you may have to purchase the object or coin (from where ever) the ability to track its movements could be free of charge.


Edited by PC Medic on Feb. 03 2006,4:33 pm

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    Posted: Feb. 05 2006,8:31 am QUOTE

Quote (PC Medic @ Feb. 03 2006,6:32 pm)
Our intent (once the feature is available) is to offer the ability to track a 'HitchHiker' just as you have mentioned here.

Do you an ETA on when this feature may be available?


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    Posted: Feb. 06 2006,3:24 pm QUOTE

No fixed date, but near top of the list

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    Posted: Mar. 15 2006,5:10 pm QUOTE

so, what are issues regarding items from one game going to another?
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    Posted: Mar. 16 2006,4:37 am QUOTE

Quote (scalpel @ Mar. 15 2006,7:10 pm)
so, what are issues regarding items from one game going to another?

What "games" are you referring to?

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    Posted: Mar. 16 2006,10:44 pm QUOTE

site/site type deal. (various gps game sites that may have trackable items-all items totally interchangable)
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